A Second Chance By Aartial
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The spoon fell off her hand. She looked like
someone seeing a ghost. Why wont she? Perhaps
she was dreaming right? Because this cant
possibly be real. Maria couldnt possibly be awake
Then the clothes…..the clothes she was holding.
Those clothes, then the marks on her
shoulders….there were no more. She nearly
‘Maria! Are….are…you awake….i mean….ho…how…
is th..ath even possi…ble?’ Nneka found herself
‘grandma, wierd things has been happening to me
lately in this house. I feel a strange being around
this house. I dont know’ Maria said sitting next to
Nneka who clearly shifted a little.
‘me…meaning?’ Nneka asked.
‘i woke up to find these clothes on my bed. They
actually belongs to me and daddy, what was it
doing there?’ Maria said and shook her head.
‘no..no. Something is wrong somewhere. Tell me
something Maria, did something happen when you
woke up?’ Nneka asked.
Maria shook her head.
‘yeah. Alot of wierd things happened. I even got
warned by mother in my dream. She healed my
wound and returned this clothings. How funny, how
did she even get it?’ Maria asked.
Nneka stood up furiously and banged her hands on
‘Naomi!’ she screamed to Maria’s shock.
Tony pulled up in front of Alice’s family house.
‘take good care of yourself’ Tony said.
Alice looked away without saying a word.
‘come on dearie, your mum will be just fine’ Tony
‘take me back to the hospital please’ Alice said.
‘no way! You heard your father say i should drop
you off. I’m sorry dear, just stay at home, you
really need some rest okay?’ Tony said and pecked
‘i wonder what happened to her. Why did she just
slump suddenly. And why id the doctor saying that
nothing is wrong with her, i just dont get it!’ Alice
said and sighed in fustration.
‘you never can tell what really happened dear but
the doctor said she will be fine and your father is
there with her, so dont worry. Maybe first thing
tomorrow morning, you should visit her and also
remember to call your dad from time to time to
check her condition’ Tony said.
‘but why did daddy choose to stay with her an told
me to go, dont you think they are keeping a secret
from me?’ Alice said and shook her head.
‘Alice, you worry alot. I believe the reason your
father told you to go home was because of Felix.
He’s a kid remember so you have to stay with him.
Afterall the case isnt that serious. Is it?’ Tony said.
‘shhhh, Alice, you are just giving yourself headache
for nothing. Dont worry about anything’
‘i dont know why i feel uneasy. It feels like
something bad is going to happen to mummy and i
dont want to lose her, i dont want to lose her at
‘what makes you think that something bad is going
to happen to your mother?’
‘the feeling. Its just isnt right’
‘okay, i’ve heard you. Go inside and pray. I’m so
tired so i need to go home and get some rest’
Tony said and yawned tiredly.
‘okay bye. Thanks for everything’ she said and
alighted bading him goodbye.
She shook her head.
‘no way! Something just isnt right. I have to go
back to the hospital’ she said to her self and with
that she flagged a cab.
‘take to St. Joseph clinic’ she said to the driver.
Tears flowed freely from his eyes and he stared at
his wife lying on the hospital bed. He cried for what
he was about to do, something that he didnt want
to do. Something he would have never done.
He reached for her hand as she slept.
‘i’m sorry Kofo, i never meant to but i have to. I
hope you can forgive me, i love you’ Fred said in
With that, he brought out a razor from his chest
pocket, brought out a small earthen pot from his
briefcase and moved closer to her.
He was shivering as he handled the razor, he
couldnt help it. Was he to kill his beloved wife? He
had no choice. He had to obey Queen Lateefa
before he loses both Kofo and Alice.
He reached for her arm and shivered. Tears
dropped from his eyes as he brought the razor
‘i’m sorry Kofo, i really am, please forgive me’
Alice was shivering in the cab. The feeling wasnt
right, something was wrong somewhere.
‘driver, please be fast!’ she screamed.
The driver increased his speed. Suddenly Alice
broke into a cry. What was wrong? She couldnt
The cab pulled up in front of the hospital then she
alighted, paid the cab man and entered the
Tony entered the house tiredly. It was a hectic
Immediately he entered the house, he saw Maria in
the sitting room looking scared and worried.
Immediately she saw him, she sighed in relief and
ran to hug him. He was surprised but nevertheless,
he spread his arms around her in a warm embrace.
Then she gently broke free from him.
‘dad, thank God you are back. So many things has
been happening here. I just dont get it’ Maria said
in a worried tone.
‘what has been happening?’ Tony said anxiously
as he led Maria to a seat.
‘i keep hearing mother’s voice telling me to be
careful that there is danger lurking around this
place. I dont understand at all’ Maria said.
‘i was having siesta this afternoon then i had a
dream, in that dream, i was injured with a razor
blade, i had five lines on my left arm, how it
happened i do not know but i saw mum. And she
dropped some of your clothes and my clothes on
my bed and warned me to be careful, she also told
me to warn you to be careful too. She said i
should pray always. And since then, i’ve been
hearing voices telling me to be careful, whether its
mum’s voice or not, i really dont know but i’ve
been really scared. It came to a point where my
room became very hot, to a point where i couldnt
breath, i ahd to rush to the sitting room to sit and
wait for you but the wierd voices havent stop even
now, i’m still hearing them’ Maria explained close
Tony looked at her. He didnt know what to make
out of the story. Whether it was fictional or not, he
‘what are they telling you?’ he asked.
‘they are telling me to be careful and that a
sacrifice is about to be done. We should be very
careful and prayerful’ Maria said.
‘hmmm…..’ Tony sighed obviously in doubt.
‘dad, you must believe what i’m saying. There’s
something going on here. Something negative. I
dont know why but we need a pastor to do some
deliverance here’ Maria said.
‘Maria, i dont believe you. How am i sure that you
arent lying to me?’ Tony said.
‘dad, please believe me’
‘Maria, go to bed. You are just imagining things,
just your imagination’ he said and stood up.
‘dad, you’ve got to believe me, i’m saying the
truth’ Maria cried out but it was too late, he had
already entered the house.
Alice hastened her steps as she ascended the
staircase. She got to the reception seeing some
group of nurses gossiping and laughing their a-s
‘good evening’ she greeted desperately.
‘eh eh, good evening. How may we help you’ one
oversabi nurse asked.
‘i’m here to see someone’ Alice replied.
‘the someone wey you come here come see no get
name abi?’ Another nurse replied sarcastically.
And all the nurses laughed.
Alice felt embarrased but because she was
desperate to see her mother, she let it pass.
‘mrs. Kofoworola Tarulba’ Alice said.
‘mrs kwa? See, for this hospital, we no dey do mrs
or no mrs. Na only the name of the person we dey
write so this mrs wey you call so no get sense’ a
‘okay sorry. Is Kofoworola Tarulba’ Alice answeres
The nurse reached for a long book which she
opened, stole a glance at Alice and saw the
desperation on her face.
‘na who she be to you?’ she asked.
‘my mother’ Alice said.
‘okay oo. She dey room……’
‘dont worry i know the room she is’ Alice said and
‘if you know the room before why you con dey
disturb us?’ the nurse said after her.
‘i wonder!’ another sighed.
Alice didnt care, she just wanted to see her
Fred tried to but he couldnt then all of a sudden,
the room started shaking then Queen Lateefa
Fred lowered the razor and bowed before her,
wiping his tears.
‘dont bow!’ Queen Lateefa said. Whether she was
angry or not, Fred couldnt tell.
He raised his head up with his two hands at the
back. Queen Lateefa’s horn raised higher.
‘look Fred, you are one of my best subjects and i
have been watching you for a while now. Why do
you find it so difficult to eliminate this wife of
yours? She will be a threat to you in the future if
you dont get rid of her now’ Queen Lateefa said.
Fred wiped his tears and faced her.
‘i will surely get rid of her, i just need some time’
‘time is what we dont have. We have to have this
ritual done immediately to protect us from this
calamity that is about to befall us. The god of
thunder is angry with us. If we dont do something
to appease him, then the calamity that will befall
us will be unavoidable’ Queen Lateefa said.
‘i wont let the god of thunder to be angry with us’
‘you and Nneka will be on the same assignment
but with different people’ Queen Lateefa said.
‘what assignment?’ Fred asked.
‘if you can get it done then, your wife may live
because if you dont kill her, i will’ Queen Lateefa
Fred closed his eyes in excitement.
‘what is it, my queen, i will do anything as far as
Kofo lives’ Fred said.
‘good. Now, you will have to kill the man that will
come for your daughter’s hand in marriage’ Queen
The smile on Fred’s face gradually turned into a
‘i dont understand’ he said.
‘but you will have to make sure that they come
together. It isnt just any man. When you see the
man, you will know’ Queen Lateefa said.
‘but…but i already did something like that before.
I killed Benjamin through an accident. I caused
the accident. That was six years ago and since
then my daughter has been miserable. Do you
expect me to do such again?’ Fred asked.
‘you will have to choose between your wife and
this stranger’ she said.
‘please queen, i will do anything else but not this
‘Nneka is on the mission of killing the lady that
will engage with her son-in-law. Almost the same
mission and you both have three months to submit
your assignments’ she said.
‘who is Nneka’s son-in-law?’
Queen Lateefa laughed.
‘someone you dont know of. Get the assignment
done, will you?’
‘i will’ he said and she disappeared and the door
To Be Continued